Time for Teeth Whitening?

Teeth Whitening Options

We’ll cover the basics here:

  • Why might you need to whiten your teeth?

  •  Is teeth whitening for everyone?

  •  Your teeth whitening options explained!

Some people have been blessed with a naturally white smile, but if you weren’t one of them, don’t worry, you have options. There are plenty of ways that you can brighten your smile. Let’s take a look at why you might need to whiten your teeth and what options you have.

Images of "before and after" teeth whitening.Our self-esteem has everything to do with how we perceive ourselves; how we perceive ourselves is influenced by how we look. When the color of our teeth makes us embarrassed to smile, it is probably time to get our teeth whitened, or bleached. Teeth whitening can turn your embarrassment into pride.

Teeth darken as one ages because substances get into the microcracks of the enamel, and this causes discoloration. These substances can be coffee, tea, berries, smoking, or others. Teeth darkening can also be caused by an early childhood fever, or tetracycline medication is taken when the tooth enamel was forming; this causes gray or brown bands on the teeth. In places where there is a high concentration of fluoride in the drinking water, individuals can develop bright white patches or dark brown splotches on their teeth, called mottled enamel or fluorosis. However, not all people are candidates for teeth whitening. Teeth that have been discolored from aging have the best results with bleaching, or teeth whitening. If the tooth-colored resin or composite fillings are in your front teeth, they will not change color with the teeth whitening and will be very noticeable after the procedure. Check with your dentist about teeth whitening. If you are not a good candidate for bleaching, there are alternatives such as bonding or porcelain veneers.

Options With Teeth Whitening in Lincoln, NE

There are several options when whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening can be done as an in-office procedure, and it involves a teeth whitening session of 60-90 minutes. With this procedure, the bleaching agent is applied to your teeth and this particular teeth whitening session is monitored by one of our skilled family dentists.

There is also an at-home procedure, where you will wear a custom-made mouthguard filled with a bleaching gel. Make sure to follow the instructions from your dentist when whitening your teeth at home.

There are kinds of toothpaste that have added whitening agents, and these can be used as an adjunct to the other two procedures. In any case, there is no reason to ever suffer again from the embarrassment of discolored teeth.

If you have any questions about the teeth whitening process, or to see if you are a candidate, you can call or email us with any questions. If you feel whitening might not work for you, we also offer a wide variety of cosmetic procedures that would surely help you get your smile just the way you want it. Either way, our family dentists would love to help you!


The information on this page was written by Dr. Ben Joekel.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “My goal as your dentist is to listen to your concerns and needs when it comes to your dental health. Once your concerns are addressed, our goal as a team is to provide you with exceptional care that makes you feel comfortable.”

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at his West Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This Lincoln, NE dentist serves the local communities in Garland, Pleasant Dale, Denton, Crete, Milford, Hickman, Roca, Martell, and Panama.


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